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Research Cruise to Survey Sanctuary’s Fish and Benthic Communities

From June 19-23, researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science will lead a research cruise in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico. The cruise is the seventh of eight planned that will result in the most comprehensive spatial assessment of fish and benthic communities within the sanctuary […]

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Rise in Asian Tiger Shrimp sightings prompts scientific look at invasion concerns | NOAA Press Release

The recent rise in sightings of non-native Asian tiger shrimp off the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts has government scientists working to determine the cause of the increase and the possible consequences for native fish and seafood in those waters. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are […]

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NOAA-Sponsored Researchers Headline United Nations Panel on Coastal Hypoxia

Research results on the causes and impacts of the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic, or “dead” zone, were featured during a panel discussion on Ocean Hypoxia held in conjunction with the 39th session of the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP).  This United Nations Develop Programme event featured Dr. […]

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Scientists Confirm Toxicity of Dinophysis Bloom in Corpus Christi Bay

Volunteers of the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network, working in conjunction with Texas Parks and Wildlife, recently discovered a developing bloom of toxic algal species. Both groups have been monitoring the bloom abundance for the past two weeks along Corpus Christi Bay, Texas. Samples sent to the NCCOS Analytical Response Team were identified as Dinophysis ovum, the […]

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HAB Forecasts Featured in United Nations Newsletter

The January 2012 issue of the UNESCO  Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)’s Harmful Algae News No. 45 featured NCCOS harmful algal bloom forecasts–both under development and operational. The article, “Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System in the US,” describes each forecast, how far along it is in development, plans for the future, as well as why each system is […]

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Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System in the US | Harmful Algae News

It was October 31, 1987—Halloween Day in the U.S. It seemed to be an otherwise ordinary day, but people on the  beaches near Beaufort, North Carolina, were experiencing out of the ordinary respiratory distress. A bloom of “Florida red tide”, the toxic algae Karenia brevis, had unexpectedly appeared in North Carolina coastal waters for the  first time on record. It […]

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Cruise Gathers Data to Establish Baseline for Sanctuary Restriction Plans

This week, researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science are surveying fish populations in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary prior to an experimental closure of certain areas to all fishing and diving. When the sanctuary proposed the closure in its management plan last October, they noted a “perception by some long-time observers […]

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